If your business's processes cover everything from maintaining data consistency to creating and keeping sales reports, you know how challenging data management can be. An integrated business solution can streamline operations across departments, but this kind of system may sound too complicated to deal with on a daily basis, especially in a fast-paced retail environment. New data integration technology can manage some processes automatically, making these systems simpler and more user-friendly -- not to mention profitable in the long run.
by Dr Will @ Iconic
Are you enjoying some success attracting customers to your establishment? Good. You’ll need these cost-effective tips to succeed even more in a world of fast-evolving technology.
A lot of the reaction to the Target security breach has fixated on the backwardness of the physical data storage of American credit cards. The story goes that if only banks would hurry up and get us onto the "Chip and PIN" Europay MasterCard Visa card, we'd all be safer from breaches like this. Chip and PIN cards have some security advantages over the magnetic strip, but it's not likely it would have made much difference in this case.
High-touch and high-tech. Customers are coming to expect these two service qualities more and more in their consumer experiences, and that trend is not going to go away. On the contrary, retailers and service providers who excel in providing both highly-personalized and high-tech experiences to their customers will stand out, winning customer loyalty and getting an edge on their competition.
In lieu of the five Iconic things, places or persons we name traditionally on every other Friday, we will give five bits and pieces of advice for you, the humble retailer, to consider. Yes, even country clubs count, as some departments follow the same rhythm and flow as their bigger (and smaller) brick-and-mortar counterparts. Without further ado...
The first annual xTupleCon was held in Norfolk, VA October 10-12. Hosted by xTuple - the institution under-girding support for tens of thousands of PostBooks users world-wide, the conference brought xTuple/PostBooks users and xTuple partners together for a congenial blend of technical- and business-oriented talks. And fun, of course!
No Apple follower who had been paying close attention to rumors rolling around August ahead of the traditional September release of the iPhone’s newest form factor could have seen a second, colorful, plastic-bordered sibling coming. Ever since the passing of Steve Jobs, however, its stock price hasn’t been the only variable in flux. As its established smartphone settled into a new tier with a first-of-its-kind 64-bit A7 processing chip, Apple aimed to bring in a new class of customers conscious about the 5S’s price by introducing a new line of “economy” iPhones. So far, it’s not clear that the 5C is being adopted as quickly as Apple anticipated. According to an analysis by Localytics, an analytics and marketing platform firm, the 5S is outselling the 5C in the 8 countries the two were released in.
Efficiency is like quality, not like quantity: it’s measurable, but it doesn’t have an absolute definition. It depends on what you’re trying to do, what can reasonably be expected, and how others are doing the same thing.
Unearthing the truth about mobile point of sale solutions: by Dale Fowler